The annual Ernie awards were held in Sydney last night, with Mark Latham, Rolf Harris and barrister Ben Mallick “honoured” for the sexist comments they have made throughout the year. The awards are in their 24th year, where women come together and judge the most sexist remarks made throughout the year, with the winners of each category chosen by who receives the loudest boos. Barrister Ben Mallick was one of the joint winners of the Gold Ernie for saying, while defending a taxi driver charged with sexual assault, “the attack would not have happened if the woman had sat in the back seat”. The NSW Department of Education also shared in the top gong, for “proposing that experienced school teachers who take 5 years off to have children be downgraded to beginner teacher salary when they return to work”.
Crikey‘s own Bernard Keane was honoured at the awards, winning the “Good Ernie” along with Byron Shire Council, which banned sexist graffiti on Wicked Camper from caravan parks in the council area. The women of the Ernie awards celebrated this column from Keane, where he took aim at Pauline Hanson’s comments on the family court in her maiden speech:
“I can’t recall a more sickening, more evil statement from a politician than this attempt to explain away the murder of women by ex-partners as frustration due to frivolous claims by women.”
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